The American Volkssport Association (AVA) is an educational nonprofit founded in 1976. AVA’s mission is to promote fun, fitness and friendships. Volkssporting is a noncompetitive fitness and recreational program that started in Germany. Volkssporting consists of walking, hiking, swimming and biking.
There are around 300 clubs that host over 3,000 Volkssporting events each year in the United States. The Sacramento Walking Sticks is a nonprofit founded in 1984, and the nation’s largest AVA affiliated walking club. Sacramento Walking Sticks is run 100% by volunteers.
Walking Sticks is very loyal to their volunteers they see them as family. Earlier this year in late May Charles (Charlie) Fowble past away at the age of 77, Fowble was a faithful walker, a member of Walking Sticks and a retired Vietnam Veteran.
In honor of Fowble and his dedication to walking, Walking Sticks held a Rembering Charlie Walk. “The count was 63! Plus lots of dogs and including a bunch of great babies” Says Joanne Jensen a Walking Sticks member. “Thanks to everyone who came out for the memorial walk for my dad. We had a wonderful walk” Said Joanna Fowble Tabarez, Fowbles oldest daughter.
Every year, Walking Sticks holds an annual New Year’s Eve and Day walk. The event consist of a noncompetitive 5K & 10K walk starting at the Pioneer House, a senior citizen home located on 415 P Street at 5pm on December 31st and 9am on January 1st. The walking routes will take participants through many historic Sacramento neighborhoods and sites such as the Fab 40’s and will eventually make its way to Old Sacramento. In case of rain all participants are highly encouraged to bring rain gear.
These events are open to everyone, and again these are noncompetitive events so feel free to run, walk or jog at your own pace. However all participants are required to register and sign an Amateur Athletic Waiver and Release of Liability. For more information about these events please check the links below.